A Few More Things: Zac Brown Band, Hunter Hayes

Zac Brown Band gives us a peek into what goes into the act’s mega “Jekyll + Hyde” tour, from the necessary feet of audio cable to the number of songs rehearsed … Meanwhile, Hunter Hayes is keeping fans guessing with his upcoming fall tour.

Over the weekend Zac Brown Band set records by playing three consecutive nights at Boston’s Fenway Park, with a total of 105,000 tickets sold. In the mood for some more stats? Well, you’re in luck because the band’s press rep recently compiled a list of numbers behind the “Jekyll + Hyde” tour, which began in Nashville May 1 and runs through November.

Altogether Zac & Co., will have traveled 38,000 miles by the end of the tour, with an envoy of eight buses and 16 trucks.

The act is accompanied by 83 crew members on the road. Including the band members, that’s 94 people total. But that’s not all of the folks that it takes to put on the “Jekyll + Hyde” tour – an additional 90 local crew members are hired in each city.

Photo: Weston McGhee Photography
Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID

The average set is three hours, with a different setlist on each stop. Zac and the gang have 87 rehearsed songs to choose from on this outing, made up of 51 original tunes and 36 covers. The band added three new covers to its rotation for the “Jekyll + Hyde” tour: The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” Garth Brooks’ “The Thunder Rolls” and Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

To play all that music, the tour takes more than 115 instruments on the road, including approximately 25 guitars each for Zac Brown, Coy Bowles and Clay Cook. Matt Mangano and John Driskell Hopkins use a total of 19 guitars and an upright bass, while Daniel de los Reyes and Chris Fryar have at least 40 different types of drums and percussion instruments. And you can’t leave town without multiple keyboards, an organ, a piano, a mandolin, a ukulele, multiple fiddles and a three-piece horn section.

Oh, and about that audio cable. The tour uses 4,003 feet of audio cable and 80 speakers, along with 300 lights on stage (350 lights for stadium shows).

The next stop on the tour is Aug. 14 in Washington, D.C., at Nationals Park. Happy trails, ZBB!

Hunter Hayes hasn’t announced the routing for his “21 Tour” but that shouldn’t stop you from winning tickets to one of the concerts.

The country singer is inviting fans to guess which U.S. cities the excursion will be stopping by this fall. Fans who type in their guess on Hayes’ website and connect on Facebook will be entered into the “21 Tour Sweepstakes” for a chance to win two tickets to a concert of their choice. The sweepstakes ends Oct. 1 at 11:59:59 p.m. CDT.

The tour takes its name from Hayes’ new EP, 21, which was released Aug. 7 on Atlantic Nashville. Appropriately, the outing will be made up of 21 special shows.

“We’ve had such a great time touring this summer, and I can’t wait to get back out there this fall and see our fans in a close-up setting,” Hayes says. “We’re going to make it all about the music, with every night holding something unique only to that show.”

The “21 Tour” follows August and September dates supporting Lady Antebellum. For more information visit HunterHayes.com.